Twenty projects get central heating cash

The Government has awarded a total of £25 million to 20 local projects across England, following its Central Heating Fund competition.

The competition opened in March to local authorities asking for plans to support local people living in homes that are not connected to the gas grid. 

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said it received more than 80 proposals from more than 100 local authorities.

“Projects like this show how much the government and local councils can achieve working together to secure a better future for local communities,” said Energy Minister, Lord Bourne.

One of the successful bids was from a partnership, led by Cornwall Council’s Public Health service team and the Council of Isles of Scilly, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Housing, Devon and Cornwall Housing Group, Coastline Housing, Guinness Trust, Inclusion Cornwall and SSE.

The partnership was awarded £1.3m, which will be added to the £1 million already pledged by the partnership to install or upgrade central heating in hundreds of homes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The partnership will be concentrating on installing central heating systems in the 376 households which have been identified as part of the work carried out by the successful Winter Wellness project as being fuel poor and which don’t or are unable to use mains gas as their main source of heating.

Jeremy Rowe, Chair of Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “It is great to see that Cornwall Council and its partners, who have been working over the past four winters to help reduce the risks to vulnerable people of a cold home, have been successful in bidding for funding to specifically help provide central heating. This additional funding will help the existing partnership support the installation of central heating systems in fuel poor households who do not or are unable to use mains gas.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues